As I read through the accompanying article I couldn’t help but get the feeling that the writer, Barrack Muluka, had so much more to tell us about Barack Hussein Obama but for some reason decided, or maybe someone made the decision for him, to hold something back.
One thing is certain, Muluka is no fan of his fellow Kenyan and he makes no bones about it calling Obama “an ordinary human being who is gifted with above average abilities” who merely happened to be in the right place at the right time at this particular moment in history.
I happen to agree with the ordinary part but there really is nothing above average about Obama except his well honed skill utilizing the fact that his father’s side of the family provided him with the skin color which allowed him to take every advantage possible under affirmative action policies this country provides and has helped him avoid any serious scrutiny by a fawning mainstream media self paralyzed with way too much white-liberal-guilt-trippin’-synthetic-adoration going on.
Probably the two most interesting sentences of the entire article are these,
He already came to Kenya to sanitise his own ancestry ahead of his successful presidential bid. He did not want this to be an election issue.
Sanitize his own Kenyan ancestry huh? Now I have to wonder exactly what Muluka means by that statement? Not that I don’t have my strong suspicions.
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So America’s Barack Obama is in Africa, but he has snubbed Kenya? The US President is in Ghana at the time of your reading this piece. His spokespersons say his visit to the former Gold Coast is a reward for Ghana’s alleged democratic credentials. Kenya has been asked to style up before Obama can favour us with a visit. How so strange?
Nigerians are up in arms. They, too, have been sidestepped. They have been asked to style up before the political wonder boy of our age can favour them with a visit. A Nigerian official was heard lamenting on the BBC this week to the effect that if Obama truly wants them to style up, he should visit with them and show them how and where to style up.
But all this American talk about democratic styling up is a lot of fudge. I have personally never been enthralled by the Obama phenomenon. I do not even believe that Obama is such an extra-ordinary human being. What was he recently doing in Egypt the other day? Egypt is the headquarters of dictatorship and emergency laws in Africa. But Americans thrive on contradictions and double speak, from Guatemala and Honduras and from Chile and Nicaragua, all the way to Zaire. They have been associated with some of the worst regimes in history and will remain so for a long time to come. Obama is only the latest custodian of American doublespeak.
Obama is an ordinary human being who is gifted with above average abilities. He only happens to be in the right place at the right time, in a place where people appreciate such abilities as he possesses. I have written before that we do not have a paucity of individuals in Kenya today with the same abilities as Obama boasts of – perhaps even better. The only difference is that this country cannot recognise such people, or give them space. The same is true of Nigeria and of every African nation. African eyes cannot recognise gifted persons in their midst. They therefore crave offshore heroes – in sport, music, dance and drama and in politics.
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